Since it was announced in 2016 that Brie Larson would be playing Carol Danvers — aka Captain Marvel — in her very own movie, Marvel fans have wondered how the character would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and just what her movie will add to it. Well, it might have taken a year, but Marvel finally unveiled some new information about the Captain Marvel movie at 2017’s Comic-Con International. We now know that not only will the movie be set in the early ’90s and co-star Nick Fury, the the main villains of the piece will be the Skrulls, the shape-shifting race of aliens that have plagued the Marvel heroes in the comic books for a very, very long time.
OK, so it might not have been a lot of information, but these revelations bring with them a slew of new questions, first among them being what this time period means for the movie’s story and Carol’s presence (or absence) as a hero in the MCU. But the big revelation was the Skrulls themselves; the (sometimes) little green aliens introduced in the pages of the Fantastic Four comics in 1962, have been closely associated with Marvel’s First Family for decades, though their presence has impacted the entire Marvel U.
One of their first major non-FF storylines was the classic, Avengers storyline The Kree/Skrull War, an event that involved the male Captain Marvel of the era> They were also a massivethreat to the Avengers and came very close to successfully taking over the Earth in the 2008 Marvel Comics event Secret Invasion — an event that, arguably, could be seen as their biggest moment on the Marvel Comics stage.
While we know that the third Avengers movie is titled Infinity War, Marvel has been playing coy with the title of its sequel, the fourth Avengers movie. Originally announced as Infinity War Part 2, that title has now been scrapped and at least officially, the movie remains untitled. When it comes to the subtitles of many recent Marvel movies — like The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Ragnarok and Infinity War — Marvel readers know there’s power in those titles, as they all call back to famous comic book stories or events. So what is the real title of Avengers 4? Could it be Secret Invasion?
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, Secret Invasion was the culmination of years of planning and seed-planting in Bendis’ New Avengers. It was so secret, in fact, that barely anyone had any idea where it was all going. But when it was revealed that the Elektra everyone knew had been a shape-shifting Skrull for quite a long time, it sparked significant distrust among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they realized any one of them could be an alien spy. This all led to an invasion of Earth by the Skull Empire that was nearly successful, culminating in a final battle between the Avengers and the forces of the Skrull Queen in the middle of Central Park, the fate of the entire world lying in the balance.
Shifting to Marvel’s movies, we’ve known Thanos was going to be the main threat of Infinity War for a while and, because the fourth Avengers movie was announced for a time as Infinity War Part 2, everyone assumed that Thanos would have a major role to play yet again in the still untitled sequel. But what if Marvel is just making us look left while its are preparing something completely different on the right? What if the invasion is coming, and it really is a secret?
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